Word of the Week: Deference
Week of January 20 – January 26, 2013
Definition: respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another. 2. Respectful or courteous regard: in deference to his wishes.
“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men.”– Henry Ward Beecher
“Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.” – William Shenstone
“For nowadays deference gets you friends, honesty gets you hated” – Terence
“Great men always pay deference to greater.” – Walter Savage Landor Let’s Get to the Point:
1. Deference implies a yielding or submitting to the judgment of a recognized superior out of respect or reverence. Many times easier said than done! How many times have you been asked to carry out a task that you disagree with? One must show deference in dealing with those types of situations.
2. Deference is respect to another’s opinion. One should remember that when asking the question.
Putting Words into Action:
1. This week’s reflection deals with accepting orders from superiors. There are times where we disagree with the question being posed, but we recognize that we must carry out the request.
2. This trait is one that children struggle with. Their question to a request is always “why?” As parents, we try to instill values in children that will help them later in life. Like picking up their toys before going on to something else, or putting their shoes in the same place every time. They do not realize the lesson being taught that they will not have to wander the house looking for their shoes every time they take them off or as they become teenagers and running around in the...